(c) Hugo Glendinning

Forced Entertainment
Signal to Noise

  • Performance

There seems to be a problem, a problem with the connection…

An upbeat spectacle which is slowly breaking apart, Signal to Noise summons a delirious late-night churn of fragments – dances, rehearsals, altercations, scenery changes and unexpected weather reports. AI voices are enlisted to perform the text – their unreal chatter and patter mixing interior monologues, unfinished jokes and off-topic interviews. It all sounds right, more or less human, more or less real. What could go wrong?

The six performers lip-sync all the voices, sometimes carefully, sometimes with unhelpful abandon, bringing life to these disembodied, never-bodied speakers. In the process they summon a strange and compelling world where the question of what’s human and what’s not, what’s real life and what’s just pretending is never far away.

Etchells’ musical score mixes everything from filmic atmospheres to noise, xylophones to slowed classical strings, beats, trumpets, grunge guitars, and birdsong, but as ever with the company, the performers are the heart of the work – animating it with the energy and inventiveness that Forced Entertainment have made their calling card.

Created as the group celebrate their 40th Birthday, the show is a powerful mix of performance magic and off-hand deconstruction, a simple idea unfolded to open a unique space for the thoughts, laughter and reflections of spectators.

Konzipiert und entwickelt von Forced Entertainment
Künstlerische Leitung: Tim Etchells
Entwicklung und Performance: Robin Arthur, Seke Chimutengwende, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden und Terry O’Connor
Dramaturgie: Tyrone Huggins
Text: Tim Etchells
Musik & Sound Design: Tim Etchells
Design: Richard Lowdon
Lichtdesign: Nigel Edwards
Produktionsleitung: Jim Harrison
Touring Technical Manager: Alex Fernandes

Forced Entertainment Artistic Team: Tim Etchells (Artistic Director), Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon (Designer), Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O’Connor
Forced Entertainment Management Team: Deborah Chadbourn (Co-Executive Director), Eileen Evans (Co-Executive Director), Jim Harrison (Touring Producer & Production Manager), Jessica Matthews (Participation Producer)

Marketing: Caroline Griffin Consultancy
Presse: Bread & Butter PR

„Signal to Noise” ist eine Produktion von Forced Entertainment.
Koproduziert von Athens Epidaurus Festival, GR; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Festival d’Automne, Paris; HAU, Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; PACT Zollverein, Essen and Theatre Garonne, Toulouse.

Forced Entertainment is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Gefördert im Rahmen des Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Freunde und Förderer des Mousonturms e.V.